Ambleside Mile 2015

Posted: June 7, 2015 in My Story, Race Reports, Training
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Ambleside MileThe week leading up to the Ambleside Mile was a busy one. Thankfully, since I didn’t have to get a lot of distance in, I figured it wouldn’t have a huge impact on my actual race.

Monday: Quick lunchtime run with Lana. We did fartleks!


Tuesday:  Our choir performed at a local seniors’ home. We rehearse each week, and have this outreach concert as a sort of ‘dress rehearsal’.

Wednesday: I got myself out of bed early today, which happened to be #NationalRunningDay. Knowing it was my only chance to squeeze in a run, I took to the Seawall and managed a 5km.

      

After conducting a series of interviews at work, I went to the airport and flew to Edmonton. With the time change, it was well after 9pm by the time I got checked in at the hotel and sat down to dinner.

Thursday: The interviews continued – we conducted 5 more, each lasting over an hour. Got back to the hotel after 6pm. Rather than flinging myself on the bed and taking a nap, which is what I really wanted to do, I put on my running gear (which I had wisely laid out the night before) and headed out for a run.

The hotel is on a major road, with a highway nearby. But I knew from experience (about 2 years ago) that there was a nice residential area not too far away. Despite a hint of storm clouds, I needed to run off the marathon interview session.

What I love about the prairies is the vastness of the sky. I know it’s the same sky we have in BC, but there’s something in not having mountains nearby to ‘block’ the view.

      

Friday: I spent the morning at the office and flew back to Vancouver. Home again, I only had time to prep dinner before heading out to our final rehearsal before the concert.

Race Day

When the alarm went off on Saturday morning, I was struggling with a bit of jetlag and lack of “down time”. I didn’t even take a day-before photo of my race gear! Nor did I have my bib, which was to be picked up at the start line.

My Twiitter buddy turned RLF (real life friend) – Debra (@debrakato) – offered to pick me up and drive me to the race. Gun time was 9:30am, so we arrived in West Vancouver shortly before 9am. 

The best thing about the Ambleside Mile was all of the social media peeps who were in attendance! In addition to Debra, I caught up with Elinor (@goodbyeclutter) – who cycled to the race!

Karin (@looseleafrunner)


Ben (@benlooii) – he came and introduced himself – love meeting folks for the first time!


Jin – aka Mr Canada (@MrCanada_Jin)


A host of celebrities! Of course, Kirill was there, too – but as race organizer he was out and about running errands, so I didn’t have a chance to catch up with him.

Also, my running buddy and Ambleside Mile Giveaway winter, Emily, was there!

It was Emily’s first official one-miler, and I was excited to have been able to offer her the free entry! 

The weather was starting to heat up – and a few minutes before gun time we did a round of ‘warmup’ exercises. And with little fanfare, the race was on!

Last year’s Ambleside Mile was a loop – this year was a bit different. This is what it looked like: 

There was a significant downhill near the beginning, which no doubt helped my pace somewhat. Emily and I started out together, and I think her breathing was one of the only sounds I could hear. Yes, there were some spectators with lots of enthusiasm – but the intensity of this short, quick race makes it hard to concentrate on much beyond your immediate surroundings.

My Garmin beeped at 1km, and Emily said, “At least we’re more than halfway there!” It felt like it would never end! As we rounded the final corner, the last 2 blocks to the finish line, Emily kicked it up a notch and left me in her dust. She finished about 5 seconds ahead of me, and came third in her age group!

I saw the time on the clock and knew this would be a PB. I crossed the finish line at 6:26 – a full 20 seconds faster than last year!

Celebration!

Congrats to all the speed demons who finished the mile! I’m proud of you all!!

Final results:
Chip time: 6:22 (Gun time: 6:26)
Average pace: 3:57 min/km
Place overall: 61/160
Age category place: 5/10

 

Have you ever run a one mile race? What’s your favourite race distance?

Once again, please to link up with Tara at Running ‘n’ Reading for her Weekend Update! Join in, or drop by and see what other bloggers have been up to!

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RACE REPORT

Overall
For my second Ambleside Mile, I was quite satisfied with the whole experience. No issues whatsoever. I was very pleased to be able to offer an entry giveaway to the race. Enjoyed the whole experience…short as it was!

Packet pickup/expo
Although pickup was available on Friday, I took advantage of morning-of pickup. Quick and simple. They used ankle bands as timing chips, which briefly made me feel like Martha Stewart, but the feeling passed.

T-shirt/Swag
T-shirt is a simple cotton affair from Gildan. I’ll likely use it for gym workouts rather than running. I love that – for a race of this distance – we get a medal!

Course
Downhill at the beginning, then flat. Quick and straightforward. With the wide corners, I wonder about the course measurement…but obviously it isn’t a track run (nor an Olympic run!), so I’m hardly fussed.

Aid Stations
It’s one mile. No aid stations. There was water, juice and bananas at the finish line. Also, some David’s Tea (iced, of course!).

Race Management
Same management as my beloved West Van Run. Professional. On top of things. No issues that I can think of. Good social media presence and response!

If you’re interested, these videos show the race from two perspectives – from the pace car, tracking the lead runners, and at the finish line:

Comments
  1. I’ve never run a mile race. They seem to be getting more popular. I’ve heard about them on Marathon Talk (and their Magic Mile program the last couple years, though they’re not doing it this year). In the US, there’s a Bring Back the Mile group putting on races, but they seem to be for the pros instead of regular folks. Seems like they’d hurt even worse than racing a 5k! 🙂 Good job!

    • bjcjapan says:

      I’m honestly not a sprinter or track runner, but I just found this event to be so much fun! Made me realize that I’m getting a wee bit faster, but that a lot of folks are WAY faster than me! It hurts…but at least not for very long! Thanks so much!

  2. Emily Gercke says:

    I’m a celeb! Fun race, and great race report too!

    • bjcjapan says:

      You’ve always been a celeb in my books…but now it’s official! So glad you could join…and thanks!

  3. WOW! What a great race, Bradley! I’m so glad you were able to see so many awesome folks while you were there; I think that always makes a race day a little more fun and special. Congrats on your fantastic finish and thanks so much for linking up!

    • bjcjapan says:

      Thanks, Tara! It has been such a neat part of growing my social media reach to connect with people I’d otherwise never know. Both locally – where I can chat in person! – and from faraway…like you and my other blogging friends. So glad to join you again this week!

  4. Not sure I would like a one mile race. Seems like a lot of prep for such a short time…. I prefer a 10K. I was supposed to race but in bed deathly ill Sunday. Boo.

    • bjcjapan says:

      Karen – I really didn’t prep much for it! LOL. And yes, it was over so quickly. I enjoy a good 10K, too, and will be doing one in a couple of weeks. So you couldn’t race…and hope you feel better soon!

  5. Casey says:

    Way to go!! Sweet medal!’

  6. My favorite distance is the 5K, because I love going all out. For that reason, I’ve been thinking about doing the Anchorage Mile coming up later this summer. Hmmmm…..

    • bjcjapan says:

      Thanks for dropping by, Katie! I’m definitely more for the longer distances, I feel like I’m going to trip over myself if I go too fast. But the mile was fun…you should give it a try! It’s not a big time commitment!!

  7. How fun! A mile race? I’ve never done one. Nice finish time!

    Thanks for linking up!

    • bjcjapan says:

      Thank you! I appreciate the linkup and look forward to some time this weekend to catch up on my blog reading!

      The mile is a fun, tough, done is a second but feels like forever kind of distance. Glad I was able to do it!

  8. Speedy! I love that you have so many friends in attendance at a 1 mile race! That’s so much fun. Nice job and congrats on your PB! Thanks for linking up. Great recap!

    • bjcjapan says:

      Thank you! It was so amazing to connect with so many people at a small race…which is one of the great things about local races! Glad you enjoyed reading.